Rock Island Auction? I know they were selling a lot of the weapons from the Steve Preston collection in their most recent offering.
Congratulations on your acquisition. Welcome to the Devine club.Spoke with Elmer today. Very helpful. Said the receiver was made in 1972 and was not assembled with the barrel until 1973. He is sending a letter under his name with what data he has.
Thanks for the contact information.
Some early Devine’s in the first 200 serial numbers have the RT 1 BX 210 DEVINE TX under the hand guard area. My standard model number 797 was made in 1973 per Elmer and is marked RT 1 BOX 210 DEVINE TEX in two lines on the barrel in the normal location. I shoot Federal GMMK in all of my Devine’s and they are very accurate. Enjoy your rifle.It has arrived. A quick going over, the barrel is not marked. I have not removed the hand guard as I donot believe the barrrels were marked there. The op rod HRA, trigger guard SA. NM stock, bedded and serialized to the receiver. NM sights. I will work on pictures in the future.
Speaking of serial numbers a friend found Devine #177 at the Tulsa gun show. He bought it and when cleaning it he found RT I BOX 210 DEVINE TX stamped in 2 lines on the bottom of the barrel under the hand guard area. Surprise Surprise ! Sounded like it the serial was close to one of yours.Balance , Elmer has no records . he never showed them to me when I took my Devine's . he just looks at them and lets you know he built it.
what serial # did you get ?
Congratulations on your purchase. I saw it on GB and it is a nice correct Devine with Pantagraph engraved one line address. I was tempted. I would have bid on it but I have Devine 001794 with the same barrel address marking. I try not to buy duplicates of Devine barrel address examples I already have. In the words of Elmer Ballance “you got one of the good ones”Yours was built in 1974